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COLLEGE STATION --

A new institute that will focus on quantum studies in such areas as enhanced computing, new lasers, and advanced lithography will be established at Texas A&M University.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has formally approved establishment of the Institute of Quantum Studies (IQS) upon the recommendation of Texas A&M President Ray M. Bowen.

"The Institute of Quantum Studies is established to support educational training programs and strengthen basic research programs, which will accelerate the discovery of new knowledge in the area of quantum studies and their impact on science and engineering," Bowen said.

"The resulting benefits of this institute will be enormous, both in reputation, quality of program for students, and economic development for Texas," he added. "A whole new industrial area can be generated for our state and our country. This will extend our university's influence worldwide in this key area."

The research activities at the IQS will be based on world class excellence in quantum physics and engineering at Texas A&M in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering, encompassing the College of Science, the Dwight Look College of Engineering, and the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

The new institute will focus on the study of new lasers from short-wavelength to high-power, quantum computing, advanced optical materials with applications in lithography and ultrafast signal processing, remote sensing from ocean temperature to sensors for nitric oxide, and nonlinear optics.

"The new century will be a century of technological advancement, and much of that advance will be centered on quantum science," Bowen said. "Such an institute can produce a myriad of second-generation applications of quantum optics to telecommunications, computations and electronics."

Bowen added that Texas A&M is already a major player in these activities, and technologies created by the physics and engineering faculty have been transferred and new companies spun off.

The IQS will collaborate with Rice University, MIT and Harvard University, and will extend already-existing institutional partnering with Germany's Max-Planck Institut fuer Quantenoptik, the U.S. National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST), and Russia's Lebedev Institute.

Contact: Patrice Pages, (979) 845 - 4618 or patrice-pages@tamu.edu.

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